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Sugar Babies - The Burlesque Musical, starring Ann Miller and Mickey Rooney, is presented at The Mark Hellinger Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1208 performances.
The musical 42nd Street is presented at The Winter Garden Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA. It will subsequently move to the Majestic Theatre and then to The St. James Theatre, before finally closing in 1989, having racked up a total of 3,486 performances.
Echo And The Bunnymen play at The Limit, Sheffield, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Sound.
The Grateful Dead play the last night of a fifteen night season at The Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA, during which the band revives its acoustic set and records tracks for the album Dead Set.
John Cooper Clarke, Pauline Murray And The Invisible Girls, The Durutti Ciolumn and Duran Duran play at The Lyceum Theatre, London, England, UK.
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UK glam rock star Gary Glitter is declared bankrupt.
A riot ensues during Black Sabbath's Heaven And Hell tour, when they play at Mecca Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. A projectile, thrown from the audience, knocks bassist Geezer Butler unconscious, and he is taken to hospital. When the concert is stopped, fans riot destroying windows, doors and furniture inside the venue, doing $10,000 worth of damage. After the venue is cleared by police, fighting continues outside and up to two blocks away. It takes police over an hour to clear the area. According to an October 1980 article in Billboard magazine, "Every available officer in the city was called out" and "two policemen and dozens of concertgoers were injured".
Rock musical movie Xanadu, starring Olivia Newton-John and featuring music by the Electric Light Orchestra [E.L.O.], opens to cinemas in West Germany, Europe.
To wish John Lennon a happy 40th birthday, his wife Yoko Ono hires an aeroplane to write Happy Birthday in the sky above their home in The Dakota Building, New York City, USA.
The musical comedy film Roadie, featuring Meat Loaf, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Styx, Blondie and Pat Benatar, opens in cinemas in Australia, Oceania.
As part of their Drama tour, Yes play at St. Paul Civic Center, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
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Former Beatles member John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono release a new single, (Just Like) Starting Over.
When The Specials and The Swinging Cats play on Midsummer Common, Cambridge, England, UK, Europe, fighting erupts in the audience. Jerry Dammers and Terry Hall of The Specials will later be charged with inciting violent behaviour.
On their World Invasion Tour, Van Halen play the first of two nights in Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California, USA, supported by Talas.
On their Unmasked tour, Kiss play at Eriksdalshallen, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe, supported by Iron Maiden.
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